• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.45 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    71.4 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    62.0 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    78.1 / 100.0

Buckingham is ranked 1st in the UK in the Complete University Guide for student satisfaction, and joint 2nd for staff-to-student ratios. A 2-year degree structure is based on 4 terms a year rather than 3, with 13 weeks of vacation rather than 22 weeks. This means less debt, more focus. The Medical School degree is 4.5 years; 3 year programmes with foundation are also available.

Entry Requirements

  • Average of BBB–ABB at A level.
  • International qualifications accepted.
  • Medical School entry grades are normally AAB or higher.
  • Lower entry grades onto 3-year programmes in Business, Humanities, Law and Science that have an initial Foundation year.
  • Please refer to the university's website for details.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The traditional Buckingham undergraduate degree is 2 years; some subjects offer a 3-year option.
  • Start dates in January, July and September.
  • Degrees may be single honours, joint honours, combined honours or major-minor.
  • Students who do not quite meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor's degree may enrol on a Bachelor's programme that includes a year's study at foundation level.
  • Work placements are increasingly offered on all programmes including a new 3-year business degree with work placement.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Wi-Fi access in all halls of residence and across the rest of the campus.
  • The library space is part of campus development plans for 2017-2021, which includes also a new Medical School building and accommodation.
  • Specialist facilities include a dance studio and music room.
  • Prayer Room.

Disability Services

  • The university launched plans to be the UK's first positive university in 2017, embedding positive psychology into its curriculum. 
  • The university is unique in that 2 well-being dogs live on campus to help support students and staff with combating stress and anxiety.

Students' Union

  • Students' Union Executive serves a 6-month term of office with elections held in March and August.
  • Affiliated to the Students' Union are a wide range of societies, including the Law Society, Amnesty International Society, Caribbean Society, Nigerian Society, Christian Union, Islamic Society, plus many more cultural societies.
  • The union organises weekly events such as quizzes, live music nights and themed parties, and annually they host the Graduation Ball, Rag Week and the annual Duck Race.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university employs students in the library, student bar and Students' Union on a part-time basis. These opportunities are advertised to students as and when they become available.
  • Part-time work is available in local towns, including the large Bicester Village shopping mall.
  • The university has strong links with local recruitment agencies who regularly visit campus and will assist students in finding part-time work.

Careers Guidance

  • The university has a central Careers Service offering students from all schools of study a drop-in service for information, advice and guidance.
  • Students can book 1-to-1 sessions with an adviser at the main office and also in careers offices on other campuses.
  • A programme of workshops aimed at enhancing the students’ employability is arranged to complement the skills gained during their studies.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 50%
  • Postgraduate 50%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 94%
  • Part Time 6%

Where students come from

  • UK 62%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 33%

Student gender

  • Male 54%
  • Female 46%


  • The University of Buckingham opened in 1976 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016.
  • It is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter.
  • The Medical School opened in 2015 in partnership with Milton Keynes University Hospital. A 4.5 year MB ChB medicine programme is available to UK and international students.

Notable Alumni

  • Robin Totterman – owner of Inspecs, a spectacle design and manufacturing business.
  • Arjun Oberoi – runs Oberoi Hotel Group in India with his uncle and cousin.
  • Marc Gene – F1 test driver for Ferrari, winner of the 24-hour Le Mans in 2009.
  • Patrick Coote – Marketing Manager for Fraser Super Yachts, Monaco.
  • Chris de Lapuente – adventurer, Global President and CEO of Sephora (part of LVMH group).
  • Sara Sutcliffe – British Olympic Association, Director of Legal & HR.
  • Frederick Mitchell – Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bahamas.
  • Leo Mills – former Secretary to the Cabinet of Bermuda.
  • Bob Tavener – CEO of Twinings.
  • Mark Allen – CEO of DairyCrest.

Further Details

Address The University of Buckingham
Hunter Street
MK18 1EG
UCAS Code B90